This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
Tap That App: From Archie to zombies, apps for comics
About Video Transcript

Tap That App: From Archie to zombies, apps for comics

2:21 /

Comics apps have been around for a couple of years, but the rise of the tablet has seen a resurgence of interest in digital comic books. We show you a couple of apps that bring superheroes and more to your fingertips.

Welcome to Tap That App, I'm Seth Rosenblatt and this is the show where we show off some of the spiciest mobile apps around. Today I'm going to show you some of the best apps for reading comic books on your mobile whatever. We've got ComiXology, Graphicly, and some indie contenders from indie publishers like Dark Horse. The good news is that most of these apps basically work the same. You've got to register to use them. You've got your store with a smattering of free comics, but for the vast majority of books you're gonna have to cough up the bucks. The readers work similarly, too. Tap or swipe to flip the page, pinch to zoom. Socialization features are on the slim side. As cool as it would be to be able to send a friend a link to a comic because you can't believe what just happened to Deus Ex Machina Man, that hasn't been implemented yet. Unlike in print comics, where you pretty much have a favorite store or two that you go to get your books--even if it's an online store like Amazon--the comics apps have set up license deals with the publishers. ComiXology works with DC Comics on both iOS and Android, while it offers Marvel Comics only on iOS. Graphicly is the app you've got to use to get Marvel on Android, and it also offers comics from other publishers like Image, the publisher of Walking Dead. Some publishers, like Boom Studios, are available on both platforms. The in-app stores offer previews along with free comics, but be warned: often, you're looking at paying the same price for the print version as the digital because of the cut that the app makers demand on top of the Apple's slice of the pie. One nifty comics app for Android I've found is Vintage Comics Droid. Offering entirely free comics, it's a great way to read decades-old comics that have entered the public domain. Vintage Comics includes a phenomenal range of more than 3000 books, old- school superheroes, Westerns, mystery, romance, horror, suspense, and humor. Be warned, though: at the time we shot this video, browsing worked well. Downloading? Not so much. That's it for this week's show! If you've got any suggestions fly em on over to TapThatApp At CNET dot com. I'm Seth Rosenblatt. We'll see you next week.

New releases

Apple Pay debuts and aims to replace...
1:36 October 20, 2014
Apple launched its new mobile payment service today called Apple Pay. The goal is to let consumers pay with...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 071: Ashes in space,...
24:07 October 20, 2014
On today's show, we're discussing a new, 17-mile-high way to scatter your loved one's ashes, how Robert Downey,...
Play video
Fast data in the Buick LaCross...
6:24 October 20, 2014
With a big, comfy cabin and a built-in 4G WiFi hotspot, the Buick LaCrosse makes for a modern, mobile off...
Play video
How to get started with Apple...
1:36 October 20, 2014
Find out how to set up your Apple iPhone to be your new digital wallet.
Play video
Google goes big with with Nexus...
3:24 October 20, 2014
Google surprises with the Nexus Player, Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to more devices, and get your .soy...
Play video
Apple Pay is the most secure way...
1:55 October 20, 2014
For iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, Apple Pay is a super-secure alternative to plastic cards. But are retailers...
Play video
As Apple Pay launches, others reimagine...
2:55 October 20, 2014
Apple's payment system rolls out at some retailers and promises more protection from hackers. But Zwipe and...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,568: Oculus XXX,...
32:24 October 20, 2014
On today's show we'll discuss Chicago's planned "smart corners" project, gasp at a Comic Sans typewriter,...
Play video